Flowers growing around my garden in Co. Mayo on a sunny day in May…
© Aisling Jennings Photography
This plant is a cultivated hybrid of an Anthurium andreanum and belongs to the family of the Araceae. The flowers are tiny on the yellow stem.
Anthurium is a large species, belonging to the arum family (Araceae). Anthurium can also be called “Flamingo Flower” or “Boy Flower”, both referring to the structure of the spathe and spadix.
Anthurium flowers are small and develop crowded in a spike on a fleshy axis, called a spadix, a characteristic of the Araceae. The flowers on the spadix are often divided sexually with a sterile band separating male from female flowers. This spadix can take on many forms (club-shaped, tapered, spiraled, and globe-shaped) and colors (white, green, purple, red, pink, or a combination).
Dandelions – The dandelion is a perennial, herbaceous plant with long, lance-shaped leaves. They’re so deeply toothed, they gave the plant its name in Old French: Dent-de-lion means lion’s tooth in Old French.
They grow individually on hollow flower stalks 2 to 18″ tall. Each yellow flower head consists of hundreds of tiny ray flowers. Unlike other composites, there are no disk flowers.
The flower head can change into the familiar, white, globular seed head overnight. Each seed has a tiny parachute, to spread far and wide in the wind. The thick, brittle, beige, branching taproot grows up to 10″ long. All parts of this plant exude a white milky sap when broken.